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Facebook Opens Artificial Intelligence Center in Paris

by Keith Wagstaff /  / Updated 

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In Paris, the "love locks" might be coming down, but super-intelligent machines are moving in. On Tuesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that his company is opening an "international research center for artificial intelligence" in the City of Lights.

The center will provide a home for Facebook's artificial intelligence team, which has the stated goal of "developing technologies that give people better ways to communicate." In other words, the company is not creating "Terminator"-style robots — it's creating tools to analyze the text, photos and video that its users share. Last month, the company said it had more than 40 people on the team, which is based mainly in Menlo Park, California, and New York City.

Zuckberg wrote on Facebook that the new research center in Paris would share its findings through publications and open-source outlets, and invest in "top scientific institutions." He also said that Facebook has a collaborative agreement with the French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation (INRIA).

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"France already has one of the strongest AI research communities in the world, so we think this is the ideal home for our new team," Zuckerberg wrote. "I’m excited for us to be taking another step toward the future of computing and connecting the world."

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